Big Red Pour Festival Report

I’m still trying to figure out Draft magazine’s Big Red Pour. Was it a beer festival? A rock concert? A silent auction? A turkey slaughterhouse? If you too had stood in the landscape-devouring shadow of Mount Turkeyleg, you’d guess the latter. It was awe inspiring. At one point, its saucy peak nearly sundered the canopy […]

Made in the Shade Festival Report

Beer festivals, like the beers they serve, come in many styles. Some try to awe with a high volume of vendors; others showcase unusually potent brews. Occasionally, however, one simply shows up. I’m sad to say that 2010’s Made in the Shade beer festival leaned more toward the latter of those three; I think I […]

Beer Pioneer | Phoenix Part 2

Late last year I compiled a city-wide beer guide called Beer Pioneer. At the time, my analysis of the Phoenix metro area seemed pretty thorough. Since then, however, I’ve discovered two more businesses worth mentioning: The Tasting Room, a beer and wine store in the far northwest valley, and Taste of Tops, a new beer […]